It doesn’t get much better than Liverpool Plains - a region of agricultural wealth, ecological diversity and welcoming communities - and the perfect destination for your next holiday.
Comprising the major townships of Gunnedah, Narrabri and Quirindi, as well as the smaller hamlets of Tambar Springs, Werris Creek and Willow Tree, Liverpool Plains is 1.2 million hectares of prime NSW land. This rainbow landscape, consisting of undulating mountains, rocky outcrops and dense bushland, is bordered by The Great Dividing Range and The Warrumbungle Range, and also includes the Namoi, Mooki and Peel rivers. The Liverpool Plains is a famed agricultural area, producing much of Australia’s wheat, corn, canola, beef and lamb supplies, and the region is fast establishing itself as a highlight on the inland NSW wine trail.
The natural beauty of the region is hard to resist, and with Warrabah National Park, Coolah Tops National Park and Mount Katpur National Park all easily accessible, you can explore and uncover the incredible environment for yourself. So whether it’s via horseback or bike, bushwalking or hiking, canoeing or kayaking, perhaps even hang gliding tickles your fancy, there is no shortage of ways to truly immerse yourself in the stunning Liverpool Plains landscape.
It’s not just the land that's so important to understanding the Liverpool Plains though; it’s the towns and communities that are vital as well. On your journey, ensure you have enough time to stay and visit the many towns scattered throughout the region. Prepare to discover boutique shops, surprisingly gourmet eateries and a plethora of museums, gardens and historical sites.
For the most vibrant sunflower crops in all of NSW, there’s no better region to see them than the Liverpool Plains. Between December and March the fields well and truly come alive, filled with the instantly recognisable sunshine yellow of the sunflower. There’s nothing like seeing the eruption of colour that greets visitors when they reach the sunflowers fields, and it makes for some impressive photo opportunities. It’s important to remember that the farmers rotate their crops each season, so don’t expect to see the same fields covered in sunflowers each year.
Want to visit the (self-proclaimed) koala capital of Australia? Head straight for Gunnedah. This Liverpool Plains town is home to a booming wild koala population, making it the perfect place to view these cute creatures in their natural habitat. Thanks to the extra planting of eucalyptus trees around Gunnedah, and the lack of disease, the koala numbers have swelled, making them easy to spot. For a guaranteed koala sighting, head to the River Red Gum, across from the Visitor Information Centre, Tourism Caravan Park or the Bindea Walking Track. Trust us, you can’t miss them!
The best lookout in Liverpool Plains belongs to the Who’d A Thought It Lookout, located on the outskirts of Quirindi. You’ll be left speechless by the 360° panoramic views of the township of Quirindi, the Great Dividing Range, Liverpool Plains and the Breeze Plains. At 508m above sea level, the lookout is perfect for observing the rocky outcrops and uneven, jagged ridges that were formed by volcanic action millions of years ago. You can reach the lookout by travelling on Ray Carter Drive, which is just off the Kamilaroi Highway, and with a playground, toilets and picnic facilities, it's an ideal spot to while away a lazy afternoon.
Werris Creek was put on the map in 1977, when 500 railway workers arrived to build the vital railway line between Murrurundi and Tamworth. A junction was then created at Werris Creek, with another line to Gunnedah, and the fate of Werris Creek as the first and last railway town in NSW was sealed. The Australian Railway Monument, which is three stainless steel statues depicting railway work, serves to commemorate the lives of the men and women who were killed on railway duty. The museum, housed in the Werris Creek railway station, includes exhibitions and memorabilia that offer insight into the story of railways in Australia.
Hot in summer and mild in winter, the weather in Liverpool Plains is one of main reasons it is such a successful agricultural area. Expect temperatures to hover around the 32° mark in summer, while in winter the average sits at 16°. Most of the rainfall occurs in the warmer months, from October to March, which explains why Liverpool Plains is so suited to growing winter crops.
Located in the north-west of NSW, the beginning of the Liverpool Plains region is 350km from Sydney.
The best way to explore Liverpool Plains is by driving, so travel up the M1, and then the New England Highway for approximately 4.5 hours and you’ll enter the Liverpool Plaines region.
Daily train services run from Sydney, and take 5.5 hours.
If you visit any of the townships in Liverpool Plains, including Gunnedah, Quirindi and Narrabri, you will find they all have a range of supermarket facilities that include ALDI, Coles and Woolworths. Mini-marts, bakeries, small grocery stores, service stations and specialty goods stores can also be found right across the Liverpool Plains region.
Liverpool Plains has RV dump points in most of its townships, while many of the local caravan parks also have RV dump point facilities. Here are a few of their locations: